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Seminar – The Cities We Need: Habitat 111 and the New Urban Agenda – Why it matters to Planners and Planning

  • HKIP Office Unit 201, 2/F, Prosperity Millennia Plaza, 663 King’s Road, North Point, Hong Kong (map)

About the Seminar:

In October 2016 The New Urban Agenda was formally adopted by national governments at Habitat III (the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development) in Quito, Ecuador. The agreement provides the road-map or planning brief for sustainable urban development in our cities over the next 20 years. Cities are home to more than 50% of the world’s population, generate more than 80% of the world’s GDP, use 75% of the world’s natural resources, consume 75% of global energy supply and produce approximately 75% of global CO2. The New Urban Agenda is non-binding but provides important guidance. The talk will explore its 3 guiding principles and what needs to happen if progress is to be made turning the New Urban Agenda into action in an uncertain world. This is important for planners who are identified as the “Development Enablers” and planning in view of its alignment with the principles of good planning. It seems clear that progress will need cooperation and dialogue and between multi-stakeholders including business, government and civil society. The discussions and debate at Habitat III were an interesting window on what are common challenges with different local and national manifestations such as Housing and where there were areas of real debate such as the role of the Nation, the City and Smart Cities as a concept.


About the Speaker:

Trudi Elliott, CBE, MRTPI is a Chartered Town Planner and has been Chief Executive of the Royal Town Planning Institute since 2011. She sits on DCLG’s Planning Sounding Board and the National Infrastructure Planning Association Policy Council.

Trudi has worked in planning in various capacities for the past twenty years. As Director of the Government Office for the West Midlands, Trudi advised on large and controversial planning applications, managed the national planning case work on behalf of government offices and advised on aspects of planning, housing, transport and regeneration as they affected communities across the West Midlands. Trudi was a member of the Taylor Review into planning guidance.


Date: 25 January 2017 (Wednesday)

Time: 6:45 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.

Language: English

Venue: HKIP Office (Unit 201, 2/F, Prosperity Millennia Plaza, 663 King’s Road, North Point, Hong Kong)


Registration deadline: 21 January 2017

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*The seminar is free of charge. The seminar is equivalent to 1.5 CPD hours

For registration, please send a reply email to HKIP ( stating your Full Name, Membership Number, Contact Number and Email, or by returning the reply slip attached to HKIP office (Fax: (852) 2915 7616). Participation to the event is on first-come-first-served basis.

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Earlier Event: 18 November
HKIP 37th Anniversary Dinner